New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Asserting that India has the capacity to administer 1.25 crore Covid vaccine doses a day, the Centre on Tuesday made it clear that "there will not be any issue regarding vaccine supply" in the days ahead and that "around 20-22 crore doses will be administered next month".Chairperson of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation in India (NTAGI) Dr N.K. Arora made the announcement considering a record 85 lakh doses administered across the country till Monday midnight under new vaccination policy, in which Centre is procuring 75 per cent of domestically available vaccines for free jabs to the 18-plus population.Noting that the dosage achieved on Monday as a "big achievement", a Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHF) statement quoting Arora said: "Our aim is to vaccinate at least one crore people every day. Our capacity is such that we will easily be able to administer 1.25 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine every day.""This target is especially achievable in the wake of good support from private sector, and this was proved on the very first day when revised guidelines came into force."The NTAGI Chairperson assured that there won't be any issue regarding availability of vaccine. "We will have around 20-22 crore doses next month.""There will not be any issue regarding vaccine supply."Arora also assured that the health infrastructure is well spread out to ensure that the vaccination drive reaches every corner of the country, including the hilly, tribal and very sparsely populated areas.Speaking how India has been successful in the past as well, Arora said: "This is not unprecedented. In one week, we give polio vaccines to around 17 crore children. So, when India decides to do something, we are able to achieve it."India's Covid-19 vaccination drive is becoming a prime example of how public and private sectors can join together to better address and solve problems faced by the nation, he added.Responding to a query on dosage interval of Covishield vaccines, the Chairperson said that no need is felt at the moment to change the interval. "We are collecting data under the National Vaccine Tracking System and doing real-time evaluation regarding effectiveness of vaccines, dose interval, region-wise impact, variants; at present, no need is felt for changing dose interval of Covishield."The basic principle is that our people should get the maximum benefit from every dose of the vaccine. We find that the current dosages are proving to be beneficial."He added that at the same time, nothing is written in stone.The NTAGI Chairperson emphasised on the significance of people's participation and public awareness in order to avoid rumours and misconceptions against vaccination."Jan Bhagidari and Jan Jagran are very essential to eradicate the fear of vaccination. Ultimately it is in the hands of the public to come forward and get vaccinated".Arora also mentioned that preparations have been made for spreading awareness about vaccination and ASHA workers and frontline workers have already started working from grassroots levels to fight vaccine hesitancy.--IANS rak/dpb
No matter how high the thread count or how lovely the pattern, your pillowcase can harbour a lot of gunk, grunge, and other debris. Changing your sheets, which should be done at least once a week or at the most once in two weeks, is a must. But, if you want to be truly kind to yourself, or at least to your face, you should change your pillowcase at least once a week, if not more often.
Your Pillowcase Contains Dust Mites And Their Poop
Your entire body including your face is constantly shedding dead skin cells. Those dead skin cells accumulate on your pillowcase. And if you think that's gross, wait until you see what comes next. Those cells, it turns out, are a favourite snack of microscopic dust mites, who feed on the delectable bits of dead skin right where you sleep.
Think again if you believe your home is free of dust mites. Dust mites are common in most homes, and the allergens they produce are derived from faecal pellets and body parts. Yes, dust mites leave a trail of poop and carcasses for you to roll your face in.
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There's More - Mucus, Dandruff, Ear Wax, and Saliva
Various types of body discharge can be transferred to pillowcases, sheets, clothes, towels, and other fabrics. Bodily secretions account for up to 70 percent of the dirt on your pillowcase. We produce and shed about one litre of sweat, 10 grams of salt, 40 grams of sebum and 2 billion dead skin cells on a daily basis.
It gets worse when you add in mucus, dandruff, earwax and saliva. If you wear makeup, facial moisturisers, sunscreens or hair care products which can rub-off on your pillowcase, there may be even more residue.
What This Can Do To Your Skin
All of that goop can cling to your skin, which is why pillowcases were created in the first place. If you slept on a 'naked' pillow, it could accumulate and transfer to your skin, causing skin irritation and acne breakouts.
And it doesn't help if you have a pillowcase but don't wash it. Soiled pillowcases can cause breakouts, especially if you have acne-prone or sensitive skin.
If you live with, and sleep with, a pet, you are adding to the list of potential irritants. Pet hair and dander on pillowcases can exacerbate allergies and eczema in people who are prone to these conditions. If you sleep with a pet, you should wash your pillowcases even more frequently.
If you can't see the scum, try smelling it.
If your pillowcases appear clean but smell bad, this indicates that they aren't truly clean. Body secretions and germs on your pillowcase are invisible to the naked eye but not to our noses. They cause an offensive stink.
A weekly wash is a good idea if you don't want to aggravate the problem. Greasy body soils and dirt can become embedded between the fibres of your pillowcases, especially if they are not washed on a regular basis.
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There is a whole gamut of skincare products available right now online and in stores that might give our skin the glow, shine, anti-aging, smoothness that we all crave. But, what happens when we stop using these products? Many of us have an endless list of skin concerns like pigmentation, others about dryness or oiliness, or pimples, or allergies. However, as you grow older, one of the best ways to take care of your skin is to focus on what you eat, rather than what you apply.
Many of us face challenges in deciding what to eat to keep our skin young and healthy, defining a healthy diet, and understanding the role of diet in aging. Currently, the buzzing topic is finding ways to maintain healthy skin and delay skin aging.
According to a study, there is a close association between sugar and some food processing methods (such as grilling, frying, baking, etc) with skin aging, and their mechanisms are related to skin-advanced glycation end products. Skin health is closely linked to nutrition, which is required for all biological processes in the skin, from youth to aging or disease. Nutritional deficiencies and eating habits can both repair and cause damage to the skin.
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There are several simple things we don't follow regularly that can cause skin aging: Not drinking enough water, deficiency of vitamins, proteins, trace elements like zinc, copper, iron, iodine, etc.
Water deficiency in the body can lead to tissue dehydration and functional issues (such as aging and inflammation). Skin is no exception, and the state of moisture in the body is reflected in the appearance of the skin on the lips and limbs. It is advisable to at least drink more than two liters of water every day.
Almonds are a source of 15 nutrients such as vitamin E, magnesium, protein, copper, zinc, iodine, etc. New research suggests that there may be more than one reason to add almonds to your daily skincare routine. The study found that eating almonds daily in place of typical calorie-matched snacks improved measures of both wrinkle severity and skin pigmentation in postmenopausal women. Almonds are known to be a rich source of antioxidant vitamin E and deliver essential fatty acids and polyphenols, which make them a great addition to one's daily diet for improved skin health.
Lack of Vitamin C can also cause skin disorders. They are available in abundance in oranges, lemons, strawberries, and guavas.
All of the body's tissue cells are constantly renewed, and only a sufficient protein intake can keep normal tissue renewal and repair going. The skin is no exception, with a 28-day skin renewal cycle being the norm. Apart from almonds that are rich in protein, you could also consume other protein-rich foods such as yogurt (dahi), lentils, and oats for healthier skin.
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Lisbon, June 17 (IANS) The Portuguese health authorities began to issue the EU (European Union) Digital Covid Certificate on Wednesday, which will allow free transit in the bloc's 27 member countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.According to the authorities, the so-called "Covid-19 passport" will be granted to those who have already been vaccinated, recovered from the disease, and those who present a negative result in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.The Certificate can be requested and received over the internet free of charge for Portuguese residents. It's also available through a smartphone application integrated with other EU countries, the Xinhua news agency reported.President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, on her visit to Portugal on Wednesday, was the first to publicly test the system."I am now starting my tour of the 27 Member States within the framework of 'NextGenerationEU', our recovery and resilience plan, and I am very curious to test and see how this certificate works," she said, adding that the system is already in use in 15 member states.Portugal has administered at least 6.96 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines so far, according to the health authorities.As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in an increasing number of countries with the already-authorised coronavirus vaccines.A total of 287 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide -- 102 of them in clinical trials -- in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain, and the US, according to information released by the World Health Organization on June 15. --IANSint/rs
Besan or gram flour has long been used in India for its many benefits for skin and hair care. In fact, it is a traditional home remedy used right from the time when one is a baby. Besan in the form of uptans or epilation formula for baby hair, during adulthood in a myriad number of packs and scrubs to take care of beauty issues right from acne to tanning, cleansing and exfoliating. Not surprisingly, the world is now waking up to this must-have beauty essential that is gram flour.
Dr. Geeta Grewal, Cosmetic Surgeon and Wellness Expert, 9Muses Wellness Clinic, Gurugram takes you through the various ways to use gram flour and also gives you recipes for packs and treatments you can make and apply at home.
Natural Hair Remover
In India, gram flour has been used to remove fine facial hair. In fact, a gram flour scrub is used to remove hair from all over the body for babies. If you are tired of threading and waxing your face, you could try gram flour hair removal as well. Just keep a few things in mind before you start. For starters, steam your face so that the pores open and the hair is easier to remove from the roots; Don't rub too harshly as that might cause your skin to become inflamed and irritated. Don't forget to do a patch test first to check if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the home remedy and don't be impatient because you will have to repeat the treatment a number of times before you get the results you want.
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Step 1: Make a paste with gram flour and fenugreek powder and yoghurt.
Step 2: Apply this over the areas where you want to remove hair.
Step 3: Allow it to dry. Wet your face with a little water and scrub away the paste.
Brings Glow To The Skin
Gram flour packs work wonders in absorbing the excess oil and cleansing your skin as well. Gram flour has alkalizing properties that keeps the pH levels of your skin balanced. It is also very absorbent and soaks up all the extra oil. Gram flour has been used for brightening one's skin tone for centuries and its super cleansing properties leave your face looking its best.
Add half a cup besan, a pinch of turmeric powder and quarter cup fresh milk to create a smooth paste. Apply evenly on your face and neck area and leave it on for 20-25 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water to notice the glow.
Removes Dark Patch From The Elbow
Tanning and darkening of elbows is one of the most difficult and stubborn areas to remove black spots. But there are certain home remedies to help you to get rid of dark and black elbows. Gram flour cleanses the area and also provides mild exfoliation. Lemon juice acts as a natural bleach that will help to reduce the darkness from your elbows.
Add a teaspoonful of lime juice to a teaspoon full of gram flour to make it a paste. You have to balance out the consistency of the paste by carefully adding or reducing the lemon juice to make it little thicker. Apply the mixture and rub in circular motion on your elbows. Allow it to dry and wash it off with cold water.
Cures Dry Skin
Are you wondering how we can make such contradictory statements, especially when we have just talked about how gram flour can help deal with oily skin? Well, that is the wonder of gram flour that helps control oiliness and also tackles dry, scaly skin. When besan is mixed with milk cream (malai), it acts as a wonderful moisturiser. You could also add some olive oil or almond oil and get the same results.
Step 1: Mix gram flour and milk cream to make a paste
Step 2: Apply this to your face and neck
Step 3: Wash it off before it dries completely
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Best For Exfoliation
Exfoliating should be an essential part of your beauty routine because if you do not scrub away all the dead skin cells, the debris starts to pile up leaving your skin looking dull and lifeless. While there are hundreds of scrubs available in the market, there's nothing like a good, home-made gram flour scrub to get the glow back on your face. And its environment-friendly as well.
Step 1: Combine 3 teaspoons gram flour with 1 teaspoon ground oats, 2 teaspoons cornflour and milk.
Step 2: Gently rub this on your damp face and leave on for about 10 minutes.
Step 3: Wash off
Has your hair turned dull and lifeless because of all the commercially available shampoos and cleansers? Well, maybe its time to try a homemade hair cleanser.
Step 1: Make a simple thin paste of besan and water. Take as much gram flour and water as you think is necessary to cover your scalp.
Step 2: Apply the paste evenly all over your scalp.
Step 3: Leave on for 10 minutes and wash off.
If you want to go back to your natural colouring, ditch the harsh chemical tan lighteners and try gram flour instead for tan removal. With its multipurpose benefits, there is nothing quite like gram flour and the best part is that it is almost always available in your kitchen. Gram flour has been used for de-tanning and brightening one skin tone for centuries and its super cleansing properties leave your face looking its best ever. Try this kitchen remedy today.
Step 1: Mix 4 teaspoons gram flour with a pinch of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of curd and the juice of a lemon. The vitamin C in lemon will reduce pigmentation, while dahi will moisturise your skin.
Step 2: Add a pinch of salt for exfoliating benefits
Step 3: Apply to your skin and face daily and you will see results after prolonged use.
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Ottawa, June 12 (IANS) The state-run Health Canada said that it will not use the 300,000 Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine doses which arrived in the country in April due to a possible quality issue."To protect the health and safety of Canadians in response to concerns regarding a drug substance produced at the Emergent BioSolutions facility in Baltimore Maryland, Health Canada will not be releasing the shipment," the government department said in a statement on Friday.The drug substance produced at the facility was used in the manufacturing of this shipment of Janssen vaccines, reports Xinhua news agency."The drug substance was manufactured at the time a separate batch of vaccines was contaminated by the components of a different vaccine. "Health Canada was unable to determine that this shipment of Janssen vaccines meets the Department's rigorous quality standards," the statement added.To ensure the safety of any future vaccine supply from this facility, Health Canada is planning an on-site inspection, expected to take place later this year."Until this inspection has been completed, Canada will not be accepting any product or ingredients made at this site," it said.The statement came after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Friday that Johnson & Johnson must discard millions of doses of its Covid-19 vaccine that were manufactured at the Baltimore facility.The FDA halted production at the Baltimore site after discovering that ingredients from AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine also being produced at the plant at the time contaminated a batch of Johnson & Johnson jab.An FDA inspection also reportedly found sanitary problems and bad manufacturing practices at the plant.The AstraZeneca vaccine is no longer being made at the Baltimore facility, and Health Canada previously said that the 1.5 million doses it had imported from this facility were safe and met quality specifications. --IANSksk/